Easy, fashionable looks for every classic summer occasion

Summer is in full swing, so are you bringing your A game in all areas of iconic summer events? Here are a few summer bucket list scenarios and how to knock them out of the park!

The backyard BBQ

What to eat: People love to mix and mingle, so anything messy or that involves utensils can be a burden. My favorite appetizers are served on a stick, and you can enlist the kids to help assemble them! 

Here are two of my favorite combinations: marinated Feta cheese + kalamata olive + cucumber + cherry tomato OR cheese tortellini + salami + cherry tomato + green olive.

What to wear: Many women avoid shorts like the plague, but done right they can become a comfy, cute option for a bags tournament in the backyard! I found a gingham print with a tie waist from Target and paired it with a simple white T-shirt, adding low wedges or simple slides.

What to drink: Ask friends to bring a six-pack of their favorite craft beer and host a mini tasting. Set out 2 oz. glasses next to a galvanized tub filled with ice and let attendees discover a new favorite. 

The baseball game

What to eat: Although hot dogs are tradition, there are so many more gourmet options available to fans these days. The Cubs are featuring a Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich and Beef Barbacoa Tacos, and Sox fans can snack on Maple Glazed Bacon on a stick and Elotes, which is seasoned, roasted corn off the cob. Make sure to plan your food purchases prior to entering the park to resist those nachos that beckon after a beer or two.

What to wear: Layers are a major player at any outdoor ballpark. Check to see if your seats are in the sun or shade and dress accordingly. I generally wear boyfriend jeans, a team T-shirt, sneakers and add a hat because who is looking at your hair when Yu Darvish is on the mound?

What to drink: Wrigley has the classic Bob Chin’s Mai Tai, but pop into Draft Kings for a Frozen Sweet Tea to mix it up. Guaranteed Rate boasts more than 100 different beers, so pick up a locally made Yum Yum Pale Ale or a Good Ryes Wear Black IPA.

The music festival

What to eat: I could eat multiple appetizers instead of a main course, and music festivals like Ravinia are the place to bring your best. When going with a group, coordinate what you are bringing, otherwise you will end up with eight wheels of cheese and 10 boxes of crackers. Believe me. 

What to wear: A maxi dress makes for the perfect picnic lounge wear. I add flat ankle tie sandals to navigate the grass, and always bring a blanket scarf for when the sun goes down.

What to drink: Why not mix it up with a mixed drink? There are so many canned cocktails that are as delicious as they are portable. My new favorite is the Chicago-created Dia de la Paloma, a refreshing mix of Tequila, grapefruit and lime.

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